Posted on July 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Guest Writer Guest Writer
Written by: Martha Haas, Public Relations and Marketing Intern for the Ames Chamber of Commerce
When Blake Oleson, a Management Trainee at Fareway Stores, Inc., graduated this past May from Iowa State University with a marketing degree, he made the decision to pursue a future in Ames after graduation. “I really enjoy Ames. There is always something to do here,” Oleson said.
For Oleson, the choice to stay in Ames came easily. Facing an intense and competitive job market, Oleson eagerly accepted a full-time position at the downtown Ames Fareway store through the company’s management training program.
“Nobody told me what do, ultimately it was my decision. I felt it was the right thing to do. I enjoy waking up every day and going to it [work],” Oleson said.
Oleson’s journey with Fareway began in 2011 as he finished eighth grade in Southern Iowa. At 16, he was promoted to the produce department where he stayed for about six years. During this time, Oleson earned his A.A. in business administration at DMACC. He then transferred to Iowa State University and began working at Fareway’s downtown Ames location.
Oleson has worked his way through Fareway’s management program, taking additional responsibilities as his experience grew. Eight years later, Oleson is working to build and perfect the skills as he progresses through Fareway. “Fareway is really good and taking care of their customers, employers and families,” Oleson said.
Now, after eight years of hard work and dedication, Oleson is in first year of full-time employment. In his new role, Oleson is most excited to be a part of opening the new location and the experience it will provide. In fact, it was this job opportunity and Fareway’s open arms coupled with the people in the community that helped seal the deal in Oleson’s decision to put his new roots in Ames.
“I never thought I would be in a managerial role over marketing, but it just fell into place,” Oleson said.
Oleson said he plans to stay in Ames another three to four years. He looks forward to renting a townhome or buying a home. During his spare time, he will be enjoying the local bars, cafés and restaurants while spending lots of time at the dog park.